Parents: Profanity in McD's Kidz Bop CD

May 13, 2009 at 7:10 PM
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BOAZ, Ala., May 13 (UPI) -- A McDonald's in Alabama said it has pulled Kidz Bop CDs from the store's Happy Meals after parents complained they could hear an obscenity in a song.

A manager at the fast-food restaurant in Boaz said the meals for kids no longer include copies of Kidz Bop CD No. 6 after several parents complained that a cover of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Wanna Be" on the CD features an obscenity inappropriate for children, WAFF-TV in Huntsville reported Wednesday.

"In the song the word is supposed to be 'looking,' but they're saying the f-word with the -ing on the end," one parent said.

McDonald's corporate spokeswoman Danya Proud defended the CDs.

"Kidz Bop carefully chooses the songs featured on all Kidz Bop CDs, including those songs in the current Happy Meal, to ensure both the subject matter and lyrics are appropriate for our youngest guests. McDonald's further ensures the song selections are consistent with the stringent standards that we attribute to all of our Happy Meal toy offerings," she said.

"We greatly value the high standards that families hold us to, and we would never include a lyric, word or song that is inappropriate to children of any age. As with any offering, parents will need to make the final determination about what is appropriate for their family," the spokeswoman said.

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